The dress code in public schooling has been a controversial issue lately, both in
Massachusetts and nation-wide. I feel some type of dress code would cut down some of
the everyday problems that schools have today. A dress code in public schooling would be
a good idea because it would reduce violence, eliminate the problem of wearing hats or
jackets in school, and make school more of an academic atmosphere, and less of a social
one. In this paper, I will discuss why a dress code would be a good thing for public schools
A dress code would eliminate many problems including violence that occurs
everyday in school. For example, if a simple shirt and tie with dress pants were worn by
boys, and some type of skirt or dress for girls, baggy clothing would be eliminated which
could hide weapons such as guns or knives. Fights also break out in schools because of the
way students dress.
Negative comments are often made at school by students about their
classmates' clothing which provokes fighting. Obviously, some type of dress code would
Studies show that a dress code reduces violence and makes students behave better
because it makes everyone equal, bringing all of the students to the same level: 'A dress
code brings us together, like an athletic team. We're unified, we stand for the same things,'
said Bob Sanders, 57, a teacher at Antioch Christian Academy in Oklahoma City (David
2). Principal of Minneapolis' West Central Academy believes that uniforms help the school
meet five goals: foster greater school pride, enhance self-esteem, improve school
attendance, reduce suspensions and improve school climate (Washington 1).
The number of suspensions in Long Beach, California, which now requires
uniforms for students, dropped 32 percent. Every category of infraction - from...